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Slavic bakers wanted

May 29, 2014
The Town Crier

The organizers of Simply Slavic want to encourage the perpetuation of those recipes and traditions. One way they do so is the Annual Slavic Baking Competition to be held at the fourth annual Simply Slavic festival on June 21. Organizers are inviting the region's best amateur bakers to put their favorite recipe to the test. This fun, friendly contest encourages talented amateur bakers to show their skills by putting their favorite ethnic baked goods and recipes in front of local Slavic celebrity judges. Entries will be judged on three criteria--taste (50 percent), authenticity (25 percent) and presentation (25 percent). Interested participants should submit their entry form with a $5 non-refundable entry fee and a description of 100 words or less. The entry form is available online at

Remember to highlight pertinent information like its Slavic roots, holidays at which it might be used, and where you first ate it. Mail it to Simply Slavic Baking Contest, 4442 Rita Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44515. Entries will be accepted until June 16.

On the day of the event, participants will then bring their entries to the Baking Contest table at the Simply Slavic Festival inside Joe Maxx Coffee Shop no later than 1 p.m. Contestants are asked to bring two of the baked items, or two dozen of cookies, packaged separately. No baked goods can be submitted or will be accepted that have to be frozen, refrigerated or heated.

Entries will be presented to judges at room temperature. Entries must be from non-professionals. Professional is defined as a person who is paid or has been paid to cook or bake.

For more information, call Mary Margaret Hovanes at 330-792-6281 or email



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